If you know someone who is going through a high-risk pregnancy, you want to be helpful. Really, you do. It’s just that, if you’ve never been there yourself, it can be tough to find the right…thing to say. Offering assurance feels phony — offensive, even — yet saying nothing feels even worse. Yes, it’s true the wrong words or gestures really can cause damage, as I experienced first-hand during my own two high-risk pregnancies. But the good news is that the right words can provide immense comfort and healing, so here’s… >> Read More
When I first decided to write about postpartum depression and anxiety, I found myself writing about how I felt after it passed. After all, I had lived through it, and I wanted other mamas to know…that it — postpartum depression and anxiety, that is — does not last forever. I got better, so they could, too. After working on a few pieces, I received some feedback from an editor, who essentially said: Instead of writing about what came after it, why not write about it, itself? Truthfully, I was scared… >> Read More
We had just visited Auschwitz, and I was ovulating.
We had spent the day touring barracks where people — including our grandparents — lived in terrible conditions, and gas chambers where…people took their final breaths. After such an emotionally and physically draining day, we got back to our hotel in Krakow, and sat there speechless, tears streaming down our faces. And yet, my husband and I had been trying for a baby, and it was time to do the deed. It seemed incredibly jarring to… >> Read More
This is going to be one cool baby! Audrey Gelman, co-founder of the women's co-working and networking space, The Wing, is expecting her first child with husband Ilan Zechory, the founder of the…lyrics annotation app, Genius. The announcement, via Instagram, was characteristically on-brand: with a selfie at The Wing, showing off a beautiful growing bump, surrounded by a beautiful wallpaper drawn by illustrator Joana Avillez. (The Wing is known for its impeccable decor.) She adorably captioned the photo with "Excited to meetus the fetus." https://www.instagram.com/p/BvCYg1FAmil/ This is perfect… >> Read More
We had a plan.
We were three years into our marriage and had three years left on a credit card consolidation loan. My student loans would also be paid off in three years.
With our debts…finally paid, we would actually be able to buy a house. We figured we’d take some time to settle in, get used to our new life as homeowners, then start a family. This would give me time to further establish my career as an environmental scientist and put me firmly in my early 30s —… >> Read More